The Refiner

But who may abide in the day of his coming?  and who shall stand when he appeareth?  for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Malachi 3:2-3

These verses ask an interesting question: “who may abide the day of his coming?”  That is a good question.  The obvious answer is that nobody will abide the day of his coming.  There is no person who can stand against the wrath of God.  But not all will be destroyed when He comes.  To some, He will come in wrath and destroy them.  But to others, He will come as “refiner and purifier of silver.”

Think about what He does in our lives when we submit to Him.  That is a perfect description: He refines us and purifies us as silver.  He purges the dross from our lives and helps us to come forth as fine silver or gold.  Sometimes it seems as though we are going “through the fire.”  But we can rest in the knowledge that He is simply purifying us and refining us.

Why does He want to purify us?  So that we “may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”  God wants righteousness.  God demands righteousness.  And, through His purifying and refining, He can get it.  Of course, the perfect example of God’s righteousness is in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  When we accept Him as our Saviour, we receive His perfect righteousness.  From there, it becomes a matter of Him purifying us to better serve Him.

How are we holding up under the refining process?  Are we truly coming forth as purified gold or do we have to continually be put back through the fire?

4 responses to this post.

  1. I have found that there are deeper and deeper levels of purification. But I would far rather go through the refining process now than face the fire later!

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  2. This reminds me of something He showed me about working with polymer clay. I was told to keep folding it and running it through the pasta machine, over and over. If I didn’t condition the clay before making something with it, it wouldn’t be strong and might crack later. That’s us, isn’t it, going through the His refiners fire for Him.
    God bless you and the time you spend bringing us His word!

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    • I hadn’t thought of it like that before. The refining process not only makes us stronger, but makes us tougher and more resiliant later. I’ll have to think about that aspect. Thanks!

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